Sunny Florida is a perfect spring vacation destination.
While the weather has warmed up, it’s still pleasant without the oppressively high heat of summer. (That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still wear sunblock, though!)
Even better, the heavy crowds haven’t surfaced quite yet, so you’re in for shorter waits and a better overall experience.
If you’re looking for things to do in Orlando in Spring 2018, check out our list of some of the best activities and attractions, including…
- LEGOLAND® Florida & LEGO Star Wars Days
- ICON Orlando (formerly Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)
- Kennedy Space Center
- Everglades Airboat Tour
- and more!
Save on Springtime Activities in Orlando
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the Go Orlando® Card.
Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special spring events may be separately ticketed and not available on the Go Orlando® Card.
LEGOLAND® Florida & LEGO Star Wars Days
What better way to entertain the kids than with a visit to LEGOLAND® Florida? It’s a perfect attraction for younger kids, and their accompanying adults will enjoy the nostalgia factor as well.
This unique theme park has everything a LEGO lover could desire – rides, slides, larger-than-life models, themed areas, and even a water park (which opens for the season in March).
This spring, kids can also enjoy the famous LEGO Star Wars Days, held on May 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20, 2018. Check out the new MINILAND model, the LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens model display. You’ll also get to meet LEGO Darth Vader and a new surprise character.
Dress up as your favorite Stars Wars character for the chance to win fun prizes, and, of course, play around and build your own Star Wars-inspired creations.
BRAND NEW in Spring 2018 is the opening of The Great LEGO Race, a coaster with a virtual reality component that will allow riders to “race” LEGO minifigures in an exciting adventure!
Getting In: Admission to LEGOLAND® Florida is included with the Go Orlando® Card.
See the City From Above
To get a true appreciation for all that Orlando has to offer, be sure to take a ride to the top of ICON Orlando. This charming observation deck escorts you to a height of 400 feet above the ground, providing unparalleled views of the cityscape below.
The 30 high-tech pods have super interactive technology that allows you to learn more about the city as you rotate slowly around. You’ll see a combination of lovely greenery and urban sprawl, so it’s a nice unique perspective for photos, too.
Getting In: Admission to ICON Orlando is included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Explore the Kennedy Space Center
History buffs flock to the iconic Kennedy Space Center all the time, and it should definitely be a highlight of your vacation. This massive complex offers a whole bunch of astronaut and space-themed fun, like the chance to meet a veteran astronaut, scope out huge rockets, and tour real launch areas.
You’ll even get the chance to “train” in genuine space flight simulators, putting you in the shoes of the real astronauts who have gone before you. Don’t forget to check out their popular IMAX shows!
Getting In: Admission to the Kennedy Space Center is included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Check Out Gatorland
While the weather in the Orlando region never really gets cold, per se, the onset of spring is a nice opportunity to get back into some fun outdoors attractions. One of our favorites it the one-of-a-kind gator park, Gatorland.
Hailed as the Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland is 110 acres of land that function as both a theme park and a wildlife preserve. Stop by a petting zoo (not with gators…), go on a nature walk, learn something new on an educational program, and watch a gator performance!
There’s always something new and fun to do at Gatorland!
Getting In: Admission to Gatorland is included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Visit SeaWorld Orlando
If you love animals and amusement park excitement, then there’s no better place for you than SeaWorld Orlando. This amazing animal rescue organization houses all of your favorite animals, from sharks and sea turtles to penguins and orcas.
Plus, they’ve also got several exhilarating rides to enjoy, from the famed Manta Coaster to Mako ride, which is Orlando’s fastest and longest roller coaster.
Don’t forget to check out their special event calendar when you visit: in the spring they have frequent community events like musical Seven Seas Food Festival (beginning in February and running through April 29, 2018).
Getting In: Admission to SeaWorld Orlando is available as a special add-on ticket with the Go Orlando® Card.
Take a Winter Park Tour
Take a tour of charming Winter Park and see why this place ranks among the top Orlando area destinations for travelers.
From fascinating boutique shops to delicious restaurants to lovely landscaping, this little city has it all for the discerning visitor.
They also typically have special events during the spring, so be sure to check out their events calendar. Check out their website for more information.
Getting In: Winter Park boat tour tickets are included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Embark on an Everglades Tour
While you’re in Florida, the amazing Everglades are a must-see. This massive National Park is filled with gorgeous scenery and natural wonders, plus the iconic Florida gator.
An airboat tour is a great way to soak up the sights and sounds while getting that perfect nature photo. Plus, it’s an exciting and enjoyable trip, so it’s definitely worth venturing out into the lush Florida wilderness.
Getting In: Everglades Airboat tour tickets are included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Play Around at Fun Spot America
Another great option for the kids, Fun Spot America is a charming, old-school amusement park. Among many other rides, Fun Spot boasts all your classic favorites like go karts, bumper cars, a festive Ferris wheel, and more!
Choose any four rides from over 20 exciting options, and have a lovely little afternoon of fun and excitement.
Getting In: Admission to Fun Spot America is included with the Go Orlando® Card.
Be Thrilled at Busch Gardens
If you’re an amusement park fan, then Busch Gardens should be your next stop. It’s a delightful atmosphere, filled with dozens of thrill rides, fun entertainment, water rides, and informative animal exhibits.
Some of the most popular areas of the park include the Serengeti Plain (home to giraffes and other African plains species), the relaxing Stanley Falls, and the Montu coaster (which is guaranteed to turn you upside down several times!).
They also have seasonal events like the immensely popular Food and Wine Festival (this year from March 3 – April 29, 2018).
Getting In: Admission to Busch Gardens is included as an option with the Build Your Own Pass.
Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1 – 11, 2018
The Florida Strawberry Festival is a lovely local event that attractions visitors from all over the state through its down-home charm and delicious strawberry dishes.
Attendees can enjoy this celebration of American traditions and its awesome lineup of performances, competitions, workshops, and exhibits.
Getting In: Admission to the Florida Strawberry Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Orlando® Card. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.
Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival
Raglan Road Irish Pub
March 16 – 18, 2018
A classic St. Patty’s Day celebration is a signature spring event, and Orlando is no exception to the rule.
Come celebrate the holiday when everyone is a little Irish with the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub. Enjoy authentic Irish music, food, and of course, a good old pint of plain.
Getting In: Admission to the Ragland Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Orlando® Card. For more information, please visit the event website.
Spring Fiesta in the Park
Lake Eola Park
April 7 – 8, 2018
This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Spring Fiesta in the Park, held in lovely Lake Eola Park.
This fun free event boasts hundreds of booths featuring everything from arts and crafts to kids’ activities and more. Enjoy plenty of local food and drink, plus delightful live entertainment.
Getting In: Admission to the Spring Fiesta in the Park is free.
Remember to Save on Admission
Did we miss anything? A few things to do in Orlando in the spring, including some special events, other seasonal activities in April, May, and June.
Please note, the spring events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not available with the Go Orlando® Card.
We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your spring vacation itinerary.